AEW Dark recap (Jan. 18, 2022): Adam Cole goes first (bay bay)

Episode 126 of AEW Dark is in the books! If you missed the live stream, click here for YouTube’s Cageside Seats broadcast. Your comment team this week was Excalibur and Taz. Let’s get started on the event tonight in Dark!

Adam Cole vs. Kaun

We start with BOOM tonight because you know it’s all about Adam Cole Bay. Set an 8-0 AEW record for this match. Kawn has been waiting for him in the ring with a 0-1 score so far. The two were locked in and Cole pushed him into a corner, then broke clean to throw his fingers in the air and make Universal Studios chant his name. forced. Cole went to get a headlock, Coon punched his way out, then sold no shoulder interference. Coon got a waist lock even when Cole tried to break the fist, slamming Cole in the face, then mocking him to make the crowd jeer.

Cole retaliated by sending Coon to the ground and blasting him with a pump kick when he tried to come back. Neckbreaker from Cole back in the ring. Cole Coon stopped him by hitting him with the chin, but he fought to his knees and then his feet. He went for cutting arms and then took Cole with a pair of lariat. Spray from corner to corner sent Cole’s head boot to the ground, and Coon followed him by diving outside to kick him off his feet. Two rely on Cole once again in the ring. Gut ejector for another close fall. I would add that this is one of the reasons why I like Adam Cole and not like others – he gives his opponents so much. Kaon definitely deserves it too because he’s a great wrestler and he might be overlooked by people who haven’t followed Ring of Honor. Cole put into one leg crab but managed to escape with ropes.

Kawn looked through the ropes to find Cole and knocked an Inzugeri off the ground, then fired a powerful kick into the ring, but Kaun kicked again to the amazement of both Taz and Excalibur. The crowd even chanted “that was three” thinking the match was over. Kawn blocked the Panama Sunrise and hit Suplex for another close fall. Taz: “Kawon sets a really good tone. He does a good job here despite being attacked twice.” The ones he referenced twice were two kicks to the jaw and when Cole weakened from Kaun, he came off the ropes with a knee to lower the bum and finally take the win. Tony Schiavone intervenes to interview him about the AEW Dynamite mixed match.

Cole: “Get the hell out of my throat. Now. Now!! Who’s ready for story time with Adam Cole Bay? Dr. Brett Baker, DMD is the greatest AEW champion in company history. Adam Cole Bay, unbeaten in singles competition here in AEW, is the best A new signing witnessed by this company or any company at all. It brought us both together and we can’t be stopped.” He then proceeded to run down Chris Statlander and Orange Cassidy as “nothing more than funny ‘must be embarrassed’ and that’s what he and Baker would do on dynamite—embarrassing them.” And there’s nothing anyone can do about it!”

Gunn Club (w/ Billy Gunn) vs. Bison XL and Larintiz X

The Gunn Club hit a 5-0 record with Poppa Billy. XL and X were waiting for them in the ring to start as a team as the global crowd started chanting “donkey boys”. Colton beat Larentis and tag Austin while big man Bison had to wait in the apron. When he got him, there were so many clotheslines that he was dislodged right in front of his corner, so Larnitz came back and met his torment with a double neck double-team piece and an electric grenade. Billy stood on the apron, waiting for a hug.

Leila Hirsch’s “legitimacy” vs. Catalina Perez

Hirsch brought a record of 20 to 9 for this episode of Darkness. Perez brought home a 0-7 record and bright pink hair that matched her shirt, torso, and shoes. It’s a standout look, no doubt about it. Hirsch was unaffected although she stopped Perez and tried to tear her left leg. Then she moved backwards and began to roll Perez back and forth. Then came suplex and gut soreness. Perez went for a back-stabbing and a goalkeeper for a close fall, then followed with kicks and higher, but Hirsch’s side ran up and he ran to his knees and double stomped. Perez clenched her elbow out of the suplex behind me and both women traded straw makers. Taz: Yeah they definitely throw wood. Hirsch saved a German player and hit his knee in his jaw to turn Perez’s lights out forever. Fun match I wish you had gone a few more minutes.

Lance Archer vs. Liam Cross

Archer 40-9 ran into the ring where Cross was waiting for him, and jumped on him before his intro to his ring was over, so we never got to hear one for poor Cross. It didn’t matter because he was there to be eliminated. Archer piece. His skin is an archer. Archer cursed him. Archer did whatever he wanted to do well. Archer hits Blackout and then pulls him back to apply the claw and bounce his head off the mat before finally making the pin. complete domination.

Varsity Blondes (with Julia Hart) vs. Adrian Alanis and William Gray

The Blonds set a 2021 team record at 20-5. Alanis and Gray were (as I expected) waiting in the ring, and the tag team scored 0-7 in AEW. Julia Hart wore a patch on her left eye and the “behavior changed,” Excalibur said, all thanks to Malakai Black’s actions. They definitely tease that she can leave the blondes and join the House of Black. This was a squash win only for an in-ring interview. “To be honest Tony, I’m sick of mind games, lights flashing on and off, people getting in and out of the ring out of nowhere. This Wednesday we’re going to beat you all.” “Malakai, Brody, if that’s what you want to look at – we’re not afraid of a little bit of violence.”

Red Velvet vs Febreze

Velvet brought a record 41-20 to the ring. Vipress brought a record from 0-5. Vipress actually got a Michinoku driver, which was more than I expected, but Velvet quickly overwhelmed her with kicks and hit the Final Slice so that was it.

Sky Blue vs. Robin Renegade

Sky Blue has a game with Serena Depp tomorrow night, but tonight she will face Robin Renegade with a 1-1 record for 2022. Said Renegade has a 0-1 record for 2022 and her twin sister Sharlet looks on from the arena. Blue hit a running kick in the knee and a back kick in the chin to rock Robin, then hit Charlett from the apron for a good measure. Robin tried and failed to get a roll up, and Blue hit a flat pin line.

Anna Jay (w/-1, Alan “5” Angels and Preston “10” Vance) vs. Tiffany Nevis

Jay brought the record 22-10 for the ring. Nevis brought in a record from 0-1. Happy birthday to -1 by the way – he turned ten years old yesterday. Jay put a shoe on Nevis’ face in the corner, hit a reverse kick in the jaw and drowned in the Queen’s Assassin to surrender. Plenty of squash value in this game.

Anthony Green vs. Daniel Garcia (w/2 point 0)

Green came first with an AEW singles score of 1-4. Garcia brought a 13-13 record. Greene was in control early on and even managed to unload Garcia with some big knife edge cuts. Garcia finally got fed up and pushed Greene off the ropes as he went up and let 2point0 hit him while on the ground. After taking a pounding for a while, Greene fired a hip and clothesline throw, hit a jaw-breaker and fractured the neck, then bounced back to his feet. Green Garcia flips inside out for close seconds afterward. Garcia came back with hits and a shoe in the jaw. Greene hit a two-man doctor’s bomb and Taz noticed how painful this movement was. Garcia with knee and wrap for two people. Garcia picked up a kick and applied an abdominal tug that made Greene give up, holding it a little longer even after the referee called the bell. Schiavone hit the ring and 2point0 had a lot to say.

“Tony! As the greatest commentator in the history of this sport, I expect a better question but yes I will answer. We have a lot of problems with a lot of people, how about that?” “I have a question for Chris Jericho. Do you remember what we did six months ago? A steel chair broke you and put you on the shelf. That was to tamper with our son’s business.” Garcia: “And the old saying where I come from is if you get stuck with a rat, you’re also a rat. I don’t care about having competitive matches, I care about winning titles. If you don’t want to see me win a TNT title that’s too bad, you’ll have to watch me take it on Anyway, boy!”

Bear Country vs. Brandon Bullock and Jameson Ryan

Bear Country brought in a record of 12-8. Bullock and Ryan were waiting in the ring for their first tag team debut. This does not bode well for them. They got a double scoop right at the opening bell for their problem. I love their Zubaz pants though. They were stacked in the corner of a running-assisted cannonball. Taz: “That’s a lot of bear meat being pushed right through your face.” Bronson was placed on Boulder’s shoulders to finish off the Bomb Bear grenade. Excalibur: “You can count to a million.”

Best Friends (Orange Cassidy and Wheeler Utah) vs. Wingmen (Peter Avalon and J.D. Drake) with Ryan Nemeth

Main event time! Avalon and Drake had never teamed up before, oddly enough, so this was their first official tag team appearance. Cassidy was 56-18-2, YUTA 16-13. Universal Studios fans chanted “Best Friends” as the match began.

YUTA strapped Avalon to the mat but ran away and put a side lock on. All this time there was a fan in the front row wearing a paper bag over his head. I don’t know why, but it’s very distracting and I didn’t want to bring up too much, so I’m mentioning it now only this time. Avalon was tired of getting hit by YUTA so he crawled on his knees to Drake, practically hugging his leg. YUTA gave Cassidy a very light nod in response and Cassidy slowly stepped in. Drake gave him one solid and went back to YUTA. YUTA tried to run a thousand mph but Drake threw him high in the air and let him take off before the Avalon was flagged again.

Nemeth enters when the heel cuts through the ring for the beating. Drake Boseman hit Slam for two years. Avalon came in for another close fall. The return of the suplex from Avalon for number one. Avalon whipped YUTA through the ring and kicked Cassidy off the bib, but YUTA took advantage of Crossbody and Cassidy removed the shadows to get back into the ring. He put his hands in his pockets when Drake walked in and hit his little ankle kicks. Nemeth walked into the ring and ate DDT before he was sent off. YUTA sprinkled water on the ground to take out the Avalon. Drake missed the cannonball and Cassidy didn’t miss the Orange Punch for the win.

What to watch/skip

This week’s Must Watch/Skip Show is brought to you by Adam Cole Coon’s opponent. Yes, I am old enough to make that joke. I enjoyed this entire episode, but I thought it was a little weird for Cole to open the show instead of topping it. After watching YUTA & Cassidy bring out The Wingmen, I was totally fine with the match order, because like Excalibur he always says “You have to give people what they want.” Besides – that gave Cole more time for his promo after the match – and in typical “pipe bomb” style he did quite well. If you’re not already a fan of Kaun by now, you should be, and I hope another Khan (Tony) will sign him full time. Be sure to see Hirsch’s and Archer’s squash, too. The most competitive match other than the opening match was Greene vs. Looks good. Skip Velvet, skip Blonds (but watch the promo) and pass Gunn Club. Bear Country does great varsity but I’m ready for them to get through that in 2022.

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